Development Grants

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation’s Development Grants support and advance education, research, law reform, and other activities related to real estate across three focus areas of Real Estate Leadership, Built Environment, and Land with up to $25,000 in funding.

The Real Estate Act states that the Foundation’s purpose is to promote and undertake:

  1. the education of related professionals and the public in respect of the real estate industry,
  2. law reform and research in respect of the real estate industry, and
  3. other projects and activities to advance and improve the real estate industry.
    See Section 64: Foundation’s Mandate

We accept Letters of Inquiry for Development Grants throughout the year. 

The following statements are examples of potential outcomes of projects supported through the Grant Programs. The Foundation welcomes projects aligned with our mandate that may not be reflected in these outcomes:
MANDATORY CRITERIA PREFERRED CRITERIA
• Fit the Foundation’s mandate. • Demonstrate industry involvement or collaboration.
• Meet the strategic priorities adopted by the Board. • Leverage wider support with the Foundation’s funding by securing additional funders.
• Address an industry-identified need that is in the public interest. • Generate transferable results so that the project can impact more than its local context.
• Make a lasting impact and have a broad reach. • Incorporate knowledge sharing to the broader community.
• Demonstrate organizational capacity to manage and complete the project the grant would support within the agreed timeframe and budget. • Not duplicate existing work.

Grants are not awarded to support:

  • individuals
  • for-profit and commercial ventures
  • political or religious activities
  • other granting agencies for ultimate distribution to agencies or programs of its own choosing
  • activities already substantially completed (retroactive funding)
  • deficit or debt retirement
  • annual fundraising drives
  • motivational presentations

Step 1: Submit Inquiry

Submit a Letter of Inquiry (download here) to inquiries@aref.ab.ca. If your project is eligible we will be in contact to set up a call or a meeting.

Step 2: Submit Development Grant Request Form

If your project meets the Foundation’s criteria, we will invite you to fill out our Development Grant Request Form. The Staff Team evaluates your form by considering alignment with the mandate and benefits to the real estate industry and the Foundation. All requests must be approved by the Executive Director. Decisions cannot be appealed.

Step 3: Recognition

If your project is approved, we expect appropriate recognition and, when appropriate, regular project updates. All publications, reports, and outcomes of projects must be made available publicly (electronic copies can be found in our Resource Library).

The Foundation is committed to open, fair, and transparent processes. We welcome your feedback on our processes to help identify and reduce barriers for you, the applicant. In the spirit of continuous improvement, our team looks forward to hearing from you. Get in touch with us at questions@aref.ab.ca.